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Raiders' Antonio Pierce Retained as Permanent Head Coach

The Las Vegas Raiders have designated Antonio Pierce to be their full-time head coach.
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The Las Vegas Raiders will keep Antonio Pierce on staff as their full-time head coach.

Pierce took over the role of Interim Head Coach just hours after the Raiders lost to the Detroit Lions on Oct. 30.

In his nine games at the helm, Pierce led Las Vegas to a 5-4 record, which included three divisional wins -- a record-setting 63-21 blowout over the Los Angeles Chargers, a Christmas Day victory over the defending Super Bowl champions, the Kansas City Chiefs, at Arrowhead Stadium, and a season finale win against the Denver Broncos. All three games were won without the Raiders' 2022 rushing champion, running back Josh Jacobs.

Pierce, who had previously served as the team's linebackers coach, won over the support of his players, who seemed to only get better under his reign. He also earned much of Raider Nation's praise to the point where, at the end of the season's final game, the home crowd was chanting "AP," despite missing out on the postseason with a losing record.

The Las Vegas Raiders have designated Antonio Pierce as their full-time head coach.

The Las Vegas Raiders have designated Antonio Pierce as their full-time head coach.

Pierce played nine years as a linebacker in the NFL and was named to the Pro Bowl for his 2006 season with the New York Giants. Pierce and the Giants won Super Bowl XLII the following season against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

After playing, Pierce began coaching as head coach of Long Beach Polytechnic High School from 2014 to 2017. He was hired as Arizona State's linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator in 2018. In 2020, Pierce was named associate head coach and co-defensive coordinator.

Pierce became Arizona's sole defensive coordinator in 2021. He was hired as the Raiders' linebackers coach in 2022.

From February 27 to March 4, 2024, the NFL Scouting Combine will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.

The NFL Draft will be held in Detroit, Mich., on April 25-27, 2024. The Las Vegas Raiders currently hold the No. 13 overall pick.

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